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Posted by Bol (as ),
Three weeks ago I was in Augusta, the small town near Cape Leeuwinisms in WA. I had had minor chest pains for a few days and was advised by a retired surgeon friend to go to the Augusta Hospital.
After I filled in the admission form I was moved into the surgery and attended by a very efficient group of professionals. Within a short time, I was transferred by ambulance to the Augusta airstrip where a Royal Flying Doctor plane was waiting. A direct flight to Perth where an ambulance waited and within ten minutes I was in Fiona Stanley Hospital.
A week there for tests and assessment before transfer to the Mount Hospital where a triple bypass was performed.
I am so impressed and thankful to everyone, from the staff in Augusta who did everything correctly, right through to the operation and post-op treatment.
It is rather embarrassing to think so much professionalism and dedication went in to saving me, an elderly person with little to offer the world.
It is my understanding that there is some thought being given to close the Augusta Hospital.
This would be a grave mistake.
Not only is Augusta a popular retirement town with many elderly citizens, it is also the only safe harbour between Busselton and Albany for fishermen and professional divers, and as such can serve a vital need in an emergency.
I am sure if I had been forced to drive north to Margaret River for emergency help I may well have died.
Decisions on whether or not hospitals should close are beyond the scope of economists and statisticians, and in this case I hope the Augusta Hospital remains in operation.